TV in formal living room
Pieter Estersohn

The Night Shift

Boldly displaying the television in a family room is one thing. Doing so in a more formal room is quite another. After one couple came to an impasse over the placement of their television, they turned to Robin Bell, senior designer at McMillen in New York. The lady of the house couldn't bear the thought of a television in her formal living room, but her husband believed that it would help make the room more family-friendly. Bell's elegant solution: a media system built into a paneled wall allows the living room to double as an off-hours media room.

SCREENPLAY: "Now that we have these wonderfully designed televisions, many people are asking for a flat screen over the mantel instead of a mirror or piece of artwork," says Bell. "We create a frame for it so that it looks integral."

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